Natalie Voss

Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Vyjack

David Wilkenfeld has never been afraid to dream big, and Kentucky Derby contender Vyjack is no exception. Wilkenfeld, who races under Pick Six Racing, said he wanted to find a way to get more involved in the game after cashing several Pick 6 tickets worth six and seven figures over the years. Business gambles have […]

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America’s Best Racing Tour Gets Rolling With Stop at South By Southwest Festival

America’s Best Racing will kick off its eight-month ABRV tour with a stop at the South by Southwest Festival on March 14. Six brand ambassadors will hop aboard the custom tour bus for an itinerary that takes them to major stakes races across the country, from Derby preps to the Breeders’ Cup. The bus will […]

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‘Follow That Horse!’ Details Emerge About Turfway Horse’s Escape

A maiden runner’s unscheduled detour made headlines on Sunday when he apparently escaped the Turfway Park track and went running through the streets of Florence, Kentucky. Officials say the horse, Joseph the Catfish, who was making his first start, has only one eye, which may explain his visibly stressed demeanor before and during the race. The […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Ive Struck a Nerve

As the horses went to post in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 23, trainer Keith Desormeaux wasn’t particularly surprised to find his entry, Ive Struck a Nerve at astronomical odds of 135-1. “It was quite understandable,” said Desormeaux. “We had a lot to prove. Conformation-wise and pedigree-wise the horse had the ability […]

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Inside the Jockey Club: A Horse by Any Other Name

The deadline to submit names for Thoroughbred foals has just passed, and the registrar’s office at the Jockey Club is buzzing with phone calls and clacking keyboards. Names specialist Kim Brixey enters requested names into specially-designed software that cues up phonetically or typographically similar names already in use. Brixey commands a three-screen labyrinth of databases, […]

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Family, Groom Band Together to Form Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation

A former groom for Monkees singer Davy Jones’ horses, together with Jones’ four daughters, has formed the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation to raise funds to care for the singer’s horses. Marion Nguon, a native German who cared for the horses until Jones’ death, said she had no idea who the Monkees were when she […]

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E. J. Perrodin’s Widow to Attend Hall of Fame Ceremony

Jockey E.J. Perrodin’s widow and son are looking forward to the rider’s induction to the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame on Mar. 4. Perrodin, who died last year of brain cancer, had won 3,083 races and $41,402,415 in earnings during his career, which spanned 37 years. Perrodin will be inducted along with owner Ray Salmen […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Itsmyluckyday

For Eddie and Laurie Plesa, this year’s Kentucky Derby could become a family affair. Eddie Plesa, Jr. trains contender Itsmyluckyday for wife Laurie and partner Trilogy Stable. It wasn’t until she was standing in the Gulfstream winner’s circle after the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 26 that Laurie realized the couple may have […]

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Rachel Alexandra ‘doing as best as we can expect’ after long surgery

Specialists at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital were cautious to speculate Thursday on the outlook for Rachel Alexandra following a long surgery to address complications from the birth of her Bernardini foal Tuesday morning. “I think right now it’s too early to say,” said Dr. Bonnie Barr, internal medicine specialist.  “We need to see how […]

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Straight from the horse’s ‘Tweet’: Four-legged social media

It seems that these days, the second a promising two-year-old scores a stakes win (or even a high-level maiden or allowance victory), they aren’t just Tweeted about—they’re Tweeting. Many farms are already using Facebook and Twitter to promote stallions at stud, but the motivations for keeping current runners on news feeds can be very different. […]

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